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Healthy Raspberry Oat Bars Recipe!
These fruity raspberry oat bars so chewy, sweet and baked to golden brown!
It fills your house with a delicious aroma and is the perfect breakfast or dessert.
Oatmeal is a great way to start your day, but you might not always have the time to sit down and eat a bowl. These bars are super ideal for grabbing on the go, and still offer that healthy, wholesome breakfast you need.
Just make a batch or two on Sunday night and enjoy it all week long (experiment with different fruit spreads to switch it up too)!
Warm Streusel Oatmeal Squares
These yummy oatmeal bars are low sugar, low fat (with an oil free option), and made with wholesome ingredients like oats, maple syrup, vanilla, banana and fruit jam.
While I usually choose chocolaty over fruity, these oatmeal bars are absolutely incredible and I never get tired of them – the raspberry and oat combo is a match made in heaven!
If you’re a fan of baked oatmeal anything, you’ll love these oatmeal bars. They have a hearty, chewy texture and get just the right amount of rise from a dash of baking powder.
Fruit, oats, and a mild maple flavor, these bars are absolutely delicious! They are originally inspired by Bobo’s Oat Bars, but as a simply homemade alternative.
How to Make Low Sugar Raspberry Bars
Preparing the Oatmeal Base
To get the best texture for your oat bars, I like to use half oats and half oat flour – I think that this makes the best hearty texture while still having some variation in the base. You can use quick oats or whole oats, I prefer quick but both are delicious!
To make these oat bars, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and blend half of your oats to make the oat flour, add both to a bowl along with the salt, baking powder and sugar (brown or coconut both work well!), and mix well.
In a separate bowl, add your half banana and mush it with a fork until it’s very runny, then mix in the maple syrup and vanilla. Pour in the oil (if using, you can omit but it gives the bars a nicer texture in my opinion) but no need to mix, it won’t really mix in completely.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until it forms a solid dough – I use my hands towards the end to bring everything together.
It will be a bit sticky but still very manageable.
Filling and Baking Oat Bars
Grab your 8×8 baking dish and lightly oil it or use a non-stick spray.
Take 1/2 cup of your oatmeal dough and set it aside, add the rest to the baking dish and squish it down evenly with your hands.
Scoop in your fruit spread and evenly distribute it, I find about 12 oz. to be a good amount, but you can add a bit more or less to your preference!
Now crumble the remaining 1/2 cup of dough over the fruit spread and then gently squish down a bit.
At this point, I brush on a tiny bit more oil to help the top get nice and crunchy. You can skip this part as well but I recommend it for optimal results!
Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until a light golden brown color, then let them cool for 5-8 minutes and you can dig in! They will hold their shape better as they cool, just to keep that in mind, but you can still enjoy them warm (which is when they are best).
Fruity Vegan Raspberry Crumble Bars!
Oats are one of the cheapest things you can buy, especially in bulk, and you probably have the other ingredients already in your kitchen, so why not whip up these yummy fruit bars for breakfast or a simple after dinner snack!
Perfect to take to any get together and made with wholesome, natural ingredients, these are a snack you’ll feel good about eating.
They’re also great for traveling or taking on hiking trips, or any sort of adventure where you need a little pick me up! The oats keep you full and the raspberry jam adds just the right amount of sweetness!
I recommend storing them in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 4-5 days, but they are of course best when enjoyed straight out of the oven!
If you want to make your own jam, I love this recipe which only uses raspberries, chia seeds, maple syrup and vanilla – so yummy and healthy!
This recipe is:
- All Natural
Try these other fruity vegan treats!
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- 3 Cups Rolled Oats
- 1/2 Ripe Banana
- 1 Tsp Baking Powder
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
- 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar (or coconut sugar)
- 1/4 Cup Neutral Oil + more to top (optional)
- Dash Salt
- 10 oz Raspberry Fruit Spread
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grind 1 1/2 cups of the rolled oats into a flour using a coffee grinder (or just substitute regular flour here).
- Add rolled oats, ground oats, baking powder, sugar and salt in one bowl and mix well.
- In a separate bowl, squish the 1/2 banana with a fork until there are no chunks, and stir together with the maple syrup and vanilla extract, then add oil if using.
- Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until everything is combined well, it may help to use your hands to bring everything together.
- Add mixture (but set aside 1/2 cup for topping) to a oiled or non-stick 8x8 baking dish and squish down evenly.
- Add fruit spread in an even layer, then crumble on remaining oat mixture and gently squish down. If you want the top layer to be a bit crunchier and more flavorful, brush on a bit of oil on top.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top begins to brown and the fruit spread is all bubble. Allow to cool completely before cutting into, and enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 9-12 Serving Size: 1 Bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162